The legendary James Cotton played the TLA on Friday, September 6th for the final concert of XPN’s Mississippi Blues Project. The 78 year old blues man performed with the energy of a twenty-something to a sold out crowd, playing songs from his new album, Cotton Mouth Man, along with some classics including “Got My Mojo Workin’” that you can watch below. Listen to the entire concert here. The Mississippi Blues Project has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
We’re saddened to hear that James “T-Model” Ford has passed away. He was 94. Born James Lewis Carter Ford in Forest, Mississippi. T-Model was a hard hitting and raw sounding Delta bluesman. While he played music for most his life, it wasn’t until the mid-1990′s the he played outside of Mississippi and released his debut on Fat Possum records in 1997, Pee-Wee Get My Gun. Go here for his discography. Below, check out a couple videos of Ford.
Mississippi blues singer Robert “Wolfman” Belfour will perform at next Friday’s Mississippi Blues Project concert at World Cafe Live. A native of Red Banks, Miss., and a student of R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbourgh, Belfour made his name in Memphis before traveling and gaining popularity among the European audience. He released two albums on Fat Possum Records in the early aughts, and will perform during Free at Noon at World Cafe Live on Friday, February 15th, alongside Anthony “Big A” Sherrod and Robert “Bilbo” Walker Jr. To attend the concert, RSVP here. If you can’t be there in concert, you can stream the concert online at XPN.org beginning at 12 p.m. EST on February 15th. Below, watch a video of Belfour performing “Hill Stomp.”
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